Many questions over the effectivity of omega-3 have sprouted over the years in helping manage kids’ behavior and in enhancing kids’ learning capabilities. Several studies have been done to be able to establish this fact. And yes, several studies have been made possible, made an affirmation as to the omega-3’s effectiveness. The biggest study of which has been done by the Oxford-Durham Trial.
Omega- 3 studies, which involve kids’ intellectual and behavioral health, include the following findings:
- Omega-3 helps kids become more perceptive
- Helps kid have better self-esteem.
- Improves kids’ memory.
- Improves reading and writing skills of school children.
- Has a positive effect over kids with ADHD.
- Makes kids calmer and not so disruptive.
How Omega-3 Aid’s in Behavior
Long time studies have already established a relationship with ADHD and long chain omega-3. But recently it has even widened in scope as more studies have established improvement results in children’s behavior and learning and not just on kids with neurodeveleopmental disorders.
The said Oxford Durham study was open to healthy children that attends mainstream primary school, that of Oxfordshire specifically. The age of this children were 7-9. To start the study, blood sample were drawn from these chosen kids who have below averaged reading skills based on valid and reliable assessments provided.
When the result came out, these kids have a total of 2.45 percent of long chain omega-3 (EPA and DHA combined) in their blood. This number is significantly low.
The conclusion: the omega-3 fatty acids in the blood can predict a child’s ability to learn in school as well as the kid’s over-all behavior. Also, higher levels of omega-3 in the blood can help in lowering behavior problems as rated by parents and teachers.
These kids, as their parents interviewed, have been found out to be failing dietary guidelines with healthy fish and seafood intake. Also, there is no food fortified with omega-3 fatty acids as well as supplements that are taken by these kids, researchers say.
Earlier ADHD Study on Omega-3
Earlier ADHD study and omega-3 relationship has been found to be very promising. Kids with ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can best respond to omega-3 fatty acid supplementations than other therapies.
According to studies, omega-3 fatty acids showed additional benefits for symptoms of kids with ADHD such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Significant improvements over attention span and behavior ratings are also observed.
These studies have great significance over the ADHD world. ADHD and its “hyperactive behavior” label over kid’s can now be finally eased a little if general and wide information dissemination about the topic can be made to every parents.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be taken from many sources, marine life and plants. Marine life sources include fish such as tuna, sardines, halibut and salmon. For the plant sources, seeds and nuts can be pretty good sources examples are walnuts, flaxseeds and Chia. If these seemed to be not available in hand, food supplements such as fish oil and calamari oil can be available as increment.